For many patients, diet and exercise alone cannot fulfill their goals of a better body contour. Factors like heredity and skin elasticity limit the way that your body will react to body and exercise. Weight fluctuations and pregnancies can cause excess skin and fat in the abdomen, as well as stretch marks and a separation of the midline muscles, resulting in bulging. The abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is designed to improve the appearance of the abdomen in both male and female patients.
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, will remove this additional skin and fat, leaving a sculpted abdomen and improved waist. This procedure may be the only way to regain the body that you desire, fortunately there are now a variety of advanced different procedures that can be used to maximize the appearance and contour of the patient’s abdomen.
A tummy tuck will not help you lose weight. Ideal candidates are in good health and have maintained a proximity to their optimal weight. They are non-smokers who understand the risks and benefits of treatment. They also have realistic expectations and are willing to follow surgical instructions to prepare for surgery and enhance healing during recovery. Many Precision Medical patients diet and workout prior to their tummy tuck so that the muscles in their abdomens are firm and strong. This will result in an even more sculpted abdomen after your procedure.
The tummy tuck is an outpatient procedure using general anaesthesia. After the anaesthesia has taken effect, the Precision Medical surgeon will perform a horizontal incision in the lower abdomen from hipbone to hipbone which follows the bikini line for discretion.
He will tighten the abdominal wall with the use of sutures placed deep within the muscles to reinforce the muscle. Excess skin and fat are removed to attain a flatter and firmer appearance. Should there be excess skin and fat in the upper region of the abdomen, a second incision around the navel will be implemented with liposuction to contour the midsection further.
The procedure takes about two hours to complete. Patients who are contemplating additional pregnancies should wait until after all pregnancies to avoid unnecessary and repetitive surgery. Abdominoplasty is often combined with other surgeries, such as breast enhancement or other body contouring procedures, and is usually part of a Mommy Makeover. After the appropriate time in our recovery room, you can go home in the care of a friend or family member. You should not drive for 24 hours, due to the effects of the anesthesia.
Complications after the surgery are well documented. While the incidence of wound healing problems and pulmonary embolism are low, they may occur. To minimize this problem, patients should stop taking birth control pills or any hormone replacement therapy for at least one month prior to surgery. We encourage all our patients to be out of bed and walking the 1st night after surgery. This will greatly reduce the possibility of a deep vein thrombosis.
You will be prescribed pain medication for comfort during your recovery. You will need help with daily activities, chores, and child care. Plenty of rest and sleep is necessary, as well as a section of the home where you can lay comfortably with little effort to get up and down. A chaise lounge or recliner is a good place to sleep the first few days.
This surgery immediately provide the patient with a smaller and firmer abdominal region. Results can be long-term but are certainly impacted by weight loss/gain, pregnancy, environmental factors, and the natural aging process.
Mild to moderate soreness, bruising, and swelling is normal for the first few days. Wearing a compression garment will help resolve the swelling and increase your comfort level. Your range of motion and energy levels will be limited, initially, but will improve over time with increased energy and mobility. Most patients return to office work within 2 weeks.